To My Wonderful Mother, Now That I'm Grown Up And In College

To My Wonderful Mother, Now That I'm Grown Up And In College

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First off, I just want to say thank you.

Thank you for always supporting me in what I want to do and what I want to accomplish. You helped me with my college application, because I only applied to one place, and as frustrating as it was, you had to help me with FAFSA. Which, by the way, you’ll have to help me with next year because I still don’t know how to do that.

Growing up, I was always following you around, which probably got on your nerves, and I always wanted to help you in the kitchen. Not only did that give me skills that I would later need in life, I grew up wanting to be just like you. Although I’m very far from becoming the woman that you are, I try every day to be like you. And any of my friends who have been around enough, already say that I act like you, and have your attitude (which is very true).

I can remember all of the times I would get mad at you because you didn’t let me go out with my friends, or you wouldn’t let me do certain things. Now that I’m older, I know you only did that from becoming like other young women my age. Because of you, I have my head on straight, for the most part anyways, and I have a very strong set of morals.

Now that I’ve grown up and I’m in college, I look back at everything we did together.

Which in the past few years was a lot since I was home-schooled. You made me go to the women’s meetings with you, the different church revivals here and there, and sometimes I had to miss out on doing things with my friends, but it was worth it.

I am exactly 103 miles away from you, which doesn’t really matter as much as I’m home on the weekends.

But the distance doesn’t matter because I can feel you with me every day, and as annoying as it is sometimes, I can hear you in my head. That tiny voice in my head most of the time sounds like you, and is normally there to keep me out of trouble. So, I wrote this to say everything I never said to you before. And please don’t call me crying after you read this, because I know how emotional you get. But I love you, and thank you for everything you have done for me this far, and what you will do later on.

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Dear Mom, Now That I'm Older

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Dear Mom,

Now that I'm older, I definitely appreciate you a lot more than I did as a kid. I appreciate the little things, from the random text messages to constantly tagging me on Facebook in your "funny" photos and sending me pins of stuff I like on Pinterest. Now that I'm older, I can look back and realize that everything I am is all because of you. You've made me strong but realize it's okay to cry. You've shown me how a mother gives everything to her children to give them a better life than she had, even when she's left with nothing. And, most importantly you've taught me to never give up and without this, I would not be where I am today.

Mom, now that I'm older, I realize that you're the best friend I'm ever going to have. You cheer me on when I try new things and support me in deciding to be whatever person I want to be. Thank you for never telling me I can't do something and helping me figure out ways to be the best woman I can be. Your love for me is unconditional. They say true, unconditional love can only come from God, but mom, I think you're a pretty close second.

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Now that I'm older, I don't get to see you as much. But not seeing you as much just makes the times I do get to see you the absolute best, and I look forward to it every time. Now that I'm older, I'm not going to live at home. But, I promise to always come back because I know the door is always open. Your house is always going to be my home, and no other place is going to be the same.

Now that I'm older, I realize how much I miss you taking care of me. I miss you making me dinner, making sure I was doing well in school, and taking me to endless appointments. I miss you waking me up for school and then waking me up again because I didn't listen the first time.

But, Mom, now that I'm older, I can see all that you've done for me. I can look back and see how big of a brat I was but you still loved me (and let me live) anyways. I can understand why you did certain things and frankly, you're one bada** of a woman.

To have you as my mom and my best friend has been the best thing that has ever happened to me. So, Mom, now that I'm older, thank you, for everything.

Love,

Your Daughter

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To The Mom I Appreciated Back Then, But Appreciate So Much More NOW

I hope you're proud.

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I started writing this articles about three to four months ago when I told my Mom how excited I was for this new opportunity before "I am proud of you" was said she screamed, "when do I get an article??"

Well, Mom, I told you never so you would get off my back, but here I am - writing you the article you deserve.

Mom,

I wrote about this in my letter to you and dad about your divorce but it reigns true, going to college showed me so much. I found people cursing their mother on the phone, never wanting to go home to see their mom and hating their mother with everything they had. I sat there in disbelief. How can you hate someone who did everything they could to give you the life you live? Who got you to where you are now.

I appreciated you before, but college made me realize how incredible you are.

Mom, thank you for raising me as a single parent - I know that Dad was always a big part of my life too but you did so much for me. Thank you for understanding me and what I needed even when I was not vocal about it. I never told you what I was feeling but you always seemed to know when something was off. Thank you for giving the best hugs, every time something is going wrong or I am missing home all I can picture an image is coming home to hug you.

That warm embrace that through everything was always there. Thank you for encouraging me, pushing me and never letting me give up. Thank you for showing me a strong woman, one that refuses to accept the glass ceiling, one who refused to let anyone get in the way of her and her goals. Thank you for loving me, supporting me and believing in me when I refused to do so for myself.

I know there have been times when we get rocky and our relationship was not perfect, it is a mother-daughter thing for sure, but thank you for showing me every time that your love, care, and devotion to who I am is unwavering.

Your taco chicken will forever be my least favorite meal and your singing will always be the last thing I want to hear. Yet I would not trade those for the world, I would not trade your crazy outlook and insistent ways for anything else.

I will never be able to repay you for what you did for me, but I will forever be so thankful and appreciative of it, I hope I make you proud.

Love you most,

Your Daughter

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